Industrial Fellows Program
The goal of the Industrial Fellows Program is to bring industrial and university scientists and engineers
together in collaborative interaction for an extended period. This program
structure provides the opportunity to formulate and implement long-term, non-proprietary
research projects of mutual interest and encourages the exchange of new insights, ideas, and knowledge.
Companies with IPrime Sponsor-level membership may send one
Fellow per year as part of their membership fees. Affiliate-level companies may send Fellows
for an additional fee.
While in residence at the University, a designated employee works
closely with IPrime researchers on an open, pre-defined research
project of mutual interest. To encourage Industrial Fellows and
IPrime faculty to have a true interactive research experience,
the program allows for a flexible schedule, and the residency period ranges from 10
days to one year. However, to ensure meaningful collaboration, the 10 days
should be scheduled within a year.
How to Become an Industrial Fellow
The prospective fellow works with the IPrime
faculty member who will be directly associated with the project to develop a one-
to two-page proposal describing the nature of the research and the estimated amount
of time to be spent in residence. The fellow, faculty member and appropriate
IPrime Program Leader sign this proposal and forward
it to the Partnership Director for final approval.
Current Fellows - Photos and Research
Since its inception, over 140 IPrime Industrial
Fellows from 50+ companies have participated in this program. Currently,
we have a record number of Industrial Fellows pursuing diverse projects:
Fellow Project Overview
An example of research completed by an Industrial Fellow is available below.
IPrime members have access to instrument use and/or analysis services through research conducted at the following supporting facilities.
IPrime works within eight research partnership programs. Several of these programs also receive support from the National
Science Foundation via the University's Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC).
Policy on scholarly collaboration with Characterization Facility technical staff members
(for nonproprietary analytical research)